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Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Louisa May Alcott may as well have been writing about me when she wrote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain!" But I am a staunch believer that there is no such thing.

The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archives/1578 (4/18/12)Trying to figure out what to rate this book has been frustrating beyond anything I’ve felt all day. The book is good. It really is. I can’t wait to read the next one.But.Yes, there’s a but.There was a very significant plot twist near the end, but it would have been much more effective had I not figured it out far sooner than I was supposed to. I was actually disappointed when I figured it out, because it meant the rest of the book would not be as wonderful as it should have been.On the other hand, this is a middle grade book, so perhaps I am being too harsh.There were, however, other things that bothered me as well. The book is written from Sage’s perspective- yet something the audience should have witnessed from his perspective was hidden until poorly revealed later in the book. I actually had to read that section twice to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding. And when I did understand, it simply didn’t make sense for the reader to be discovering it at that juncture in the story. I understand why she wrote it that way- but it was very poorly executed and simply didn’t fit into the linear flow of the story.Writing nitpicks aside, it was a wonderful story that captured and kept my attention. Sage’s character is just the right blend of snark and vulnerability. I had no trouble at all siding with him from the very beginning.I will definitely be looking for the second book of the trilogy when it is published.